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Borghese Gallery and Gardens

Be one of only 360 people allowed to visit the gallery at once, you will feel like one of the Cardinal Scipione Borghese’s guests invited to appreciate his outstanding collection




Very Easy


(Any Group Size Welcome)

Tickets and Reservation Fees Included

Tour Details

  • Duration 2.5h (2h inside the Borghese Gallery)

  • Reserved Entrance to the Borghese Gallery

  • Start time at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm.   Please, select a date to see availability

  • Meeting Point Close to Borghese Gallery Entrance (Details at Booking)

  • Operating Days Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun (not on Monday and First Sunday of every Month)

  • Tour doesn’t run on Monday and on the First Sunday of every Month

  • Language English (contact us for other languages)

Short Tour Description

During the centuries Rome was characterized by great villas that surround the city center, the villa Borghese is one of the last example that still keep intact his original architectural shape, most of the art masterpieces and its gardens.

The Borghese Gallery, housed in the Villa Borghese Pinciana, was built in the beginning of the seventeenth century, and nowadays it is one of the most famous museums in Italy.

Begun in 1607 according to the architectural model of the traditional suburban villas, the Galleria Borghese includes twenty rooms across two floors with masterpieces ranging from Roman Antiquities, like The Gladiator mosaic floor, to the world famous Canova’s Paolina Borghese passing through the most complete collection of Bernini’s sculptures and the Caravaggio emphatic, realistic, intense chiaroscuro paintings.

During the tour you will admire the Borghese collection, paintings, sculptures and antiquities, begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V.

Our local expert guide will lead you through the Gallery helping you to explore the stories behind the masterpieces of Caravaggio, Bernini, Canova, Raphael, Titian and many others and their extraordinary lives.

With this informative and educational tour you better understand the extravagant personality of the patron and avid collector Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the one who made this art gallery possible.

The tour will end with a walk to the Pincio terrace, one of the most beautiful panoramic view of Rome you will also have an overview on the others buildings which were part of the composition of the Villa, the secret garden, the aviary, the parco dei daini and the fontana di venere through its Gardens.

Rape of Proserpina

(Gian Lorenzo Bernini)

Paolina Borghese

(Antonio Canova)

Apotheosis of Romulus

(Mariano Rossi)

Borghese Gallery


The Emperors' Room

(Ground floor)

Caravaggio's paintings

(The room of the silenus)

Sacred and Profane Love



(Diana and her Nymphs)

What’s Included

✓  English-Speaking Local Expert Tour Guide

✓  Private Tour

  Entrance ticket and reservation fee

  Audio headsets (just when needed)


✓  Hotel pick-up/drop-off 



✓  Galleria Borghese

✓  Bernini’s sculptures (Aeneas, Anchises & Ascanius, Rape of Proserpina, Apollo and Daphne and David)

✓  Caravaggio’s Paintings (Boy with a Basket of Fruit, St Jerome Writing and Sick Bacchus)

✓  Raphael’s Entombment of Christ

✓  Titian’s Sacred and Profane Love

✓  Villa Borghese (Borghese Gardens)

  And many more masterpieces


Meeting Point

Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy

You find us in front of the Gallery’s entrance.

We will hold a sign with your name on it.

Important Notes

Luggage, bags and rucksacks

Before entering the exhibition spaces, visitors are required to leave in the cloakroom all luggage, suitcases, rucksacks, packages and containers not considered suitable by staff on account of their size or nature.
Large umbrellas, sticks, tripods and stands for photography, video cameras, stainless steel water bottle, banners and signs of any type must all be left in the cloakroom.
Even if you get through security, you will be turned away by the attendants at the entrance door.
The cloakroom service is free of charge and it  is located in the basement.

Photos and Video

Photos an Video without flash are allowed everywhere but tripods and selfie sticks are not allowed anywhere at the Borghese Gallery.


Tours often sell out quickly so we suggest booking your tour early to guarantee your desired tour day.

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